The club’s pre-season took a bit more shape this afternoon with the club sealing the services of three remaining players who found themselves out of contract.
Stephen Hunt, Mike Edwards and Craig Westcarr (pictured above) were three players remaining from 11 that faced culling at Meadow Lane at the hands of the now departed Steve Cotterill, with one of the previously released eight possibly being offered another contract with the club.
With regards to new players, rumours continue to circulate over the fantastically named Eduardo Jesus Vargas Rojas (let’s just call him Brian) who is currently plying his trade with Chile’s Universidad de Chile, and Bristol City’s Lee Trundle who has said we’ve shown an intererest in his services.
I wouldn’t even pretend to know anything about Brian other than what i’ve read on Wikipedia. But Lee Trundle is a far better known commodity, and one i’d love to see at the club. It’s obvious that his stock will have dropped considerably since his £1m transfer to Bristol City at the height of his cult status, so maybe he’d be available to Notts on a lower fee. What a pair him and Lee Hughes would make for the club next season.
The fixtures for the 2010/11 are released next week, but in the more immediate future the club are already set to test themselves against quality opposition with their pre-season friendlies. Fixtures are currently arranged with the likes of Arnold Town (away), Sheffield United and most interestingly for me, Cardiff City, both at Meadow Lane three days apart from eachother.
The Cardiff City fixture might just prove to be the most important friendly game of my life! Got a few Bluebird-supporting friends coming up for the game on July 24th and i’m already looking forward to having a catchup over a few Strongbows in the radically improved Wheelers (or Meadow Lane Sports Bar as it’s now known).
Back off the field, the pressing matter of the moment is the club’s search for Technical Director. It’s already known that Paul Hart has been offered the job, but is currently weighing up his options. His choices are the management role at Crystal Palace on a permanent role, the Technical Director’s position at Meadow Lane, or possibly the vacant manager’s job at Hull City.
As things stand, Hull are the only thing standing between Paul Hart and Notts County, so it’s a waiting game for the timebeing.